Associated British Ports (ABP) has worked in collaboration with the Barry fishing community, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and local MP, Alun Cairns to permit fishing at its No.1 Dock. The fishing community has come together to form a local club, setting out a code of conduct to ensure those taking part in recreational fishing at the ABP owned dock are respectful to the neighbouring community and take a responsible approach.
Previously fishing had not been permitted at the Barry Docks but following enquiries as to whether this policy could be reviewed and discussions with local community groups, ABP has identified designated areas where fishing will now be permitted.
Alun Cairns who has been involved closely throughout the process commented,
“I was contacted by a number of concerned anglers some months ago about the use of the Dock. I am very pleased, after a number of meetings with both local anglers and ABP that we have now found a solution that works for everyone. I hope that everyone who continues to use the Dock does so safely and orderly. It is fantastic that the community can continue to use the Dock and I am thankful for ABP’s positive engagement on the issue”
Rod Lewis, ABP’s Marine Manager & Harbour Master said:
“We have had numerous requests to permit fishing here at Barry Dock so we have worked with the local community to try find a solution that works for all. We have identified designated areas furthest away from dwellings, are secured by railings and are most suitable for this type of activity. I am really pleased that the fishing community has formed a local club and their code of conduct really does set out a very responsible and respectful approach.”
Robert Gray, Port Manager for Barry, Cardiff, Port Talbot and Swansea said:
“We are really keen to work with the local communities in which we operate where possible and this is another example of finding a suitable solution that works for all.”